though, because the weather pattern that enabled this storm to come at us from the ocean, from the unusual direction, the high pressure, the blocking responsible for this mess is still sitting off the coast. it will take two or three days for the storm to slowly weaken and head up in to canada, but it's a cold morning for everyone without power. there is some of that snow still left over in the mountains of west virginia and just outside of pittsburgh. still a raw halloween day for this area as they begin to slowly again assessment and cleanup and hopefully the power companies, it doesn't look like any rain in the forecast for a couple days, hopefully they can make a date in the 8 million people without power. >> yeah, that's the hope. since it's not raining, the hope is it will be easier in the clean up. thanks so much. the presidential election is less than 140 hours away and sandy could end up being the major factor in choosing our next president. plus years of medical research at one of the nation's top colleges destroyed by sandy, much more ahead this morning on "first look" only on msnbc. look how small they were!